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  1. blernblan

    blernblan New Member

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    When is it proper to use the "—" symbol?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by blernblan, Feb 23, 2009.

    Hi guys, I've seen the — symbol used in various stories. Some use it to extend a sentence, others use it to hold a thought, say something else and finish the thought. Is there a technical term/definition for this symbol and when it should be properly used? Thanks for any help!
     
  2. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    it's not a 'symbol'... it's a punctuation mark called the 'em dash'... here is how it's used:

    go here for all questions re punctuation: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/g_overvw.html
     

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